There’s a reason Pepe Le Pew had trouble scoring with Penelope Pussycat. Yes, they were different species, but the bigger problem was that the guy’s scent was just, um, a little too much to handle. Now, you may not smell like a skunk, but every guy can benefit from a little fragrance knowledge. Here are three rules of thumb that will ensure you have much better luck with the ladies.
1. Seasons matter
Guys should always keep at least two different colognes or scents—one for winter and one for spring/summer. The summer scent should be something clean, fresh and citrusy, and the winter scent should be warm, woodsy or musky. It’s all about matching the mood of the season. You wouldn’t wear a flannel jacket to the beach, would you?
Guys in relationships need to pay close attention to their girl’s preferences and choose something that she likes…and doesn’t smell like a gentlemen’s club.
2. Trust your own nose
Guys often focus on scents they think girls will like, but it’s important that you like the scent too. If you’re wearing something you love, you’ll feel happier and more confident, and girls will respond accordingly. That said, guys in relationships need to pay close attention to their girl’s preferences and choose something that she likes…and doesn’t smell like a gentlemen’s club.
3. A little goes a long way
No matter what, don’t wear too much. No guy should be overpowered by his fragrance. It should be subtle and complimentary to you. An easy way to make sure you’re not using too much is to wear it only on pulse points like the wrist and neck. If you’re spraying it all over your body or clothes, don’t be surprised to see women ducking and dodging—not unlike Miss Pussycat.
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